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Organic Learning and Parenting

October 1, 2011

Today we had a mini-homeschooling conference with a cooperative arrangement between three local support groups and the assistance from the state support group. It was wonderful. a nice littel fall boost.

While there I was asked to bring some Leadership Education “stuff”. 🙂 Well, I had my Thomas Jeffeson Education original. And then the Home Companion and the Leaderhip Education  edition as well. I also had some George Wythe packages IEW used to sell. Then, I just had a few classics, primary sources, and autobiographies, or first person research books. Nothing really compared to what you would see on a table for most of the other common approaches to education.

I was privileged enough to expain to a few people the primary mode of Leadership Education: “organic” learning. As I was standing there, the revelation of the analogy between regular vegetables from the store and organic, and Conveyor Belt Learning and Leadership began to form in my conversation. A regular green pepper is shinier, greener, and larger – more bountiful for that matter, but is it more nutritious? Hardly! In fact it is barely noutritious at all because of the very nature of it’s nurture. It is engineered, it is fertilized and pesticided. Then it is plucked too soon and then made to wait in a cold room. When more are needed, it is placed in the market where it sits waiting to be bought, then it is tossed in a bag heading to a home waiting to be comsumed. Sometimes it’s just down right wasted and thrown away.

Organic? Organic is messy. It isn’t always as pretty, or as large, and usually not as plentiful because of the pests or the soil, etc… But it IS more nutritious. Because it hasn’t been engineered to withstand pests, or genetically modified to INCLUDE pesticides, it is a whole food – complete in it’s nutrient make-up. And it is picked when it is ready and sold when it is fresh. It takes more time, effort, and money to produce organic produce, but this investment yields a healthier mind and body, and usually a more refined taste. We tend to consume anything organic we purchase because we paid more for it, it doesn’t last as long in our refrigerators, and it DOES taste better! We tend to “own” the organic food we buy more than the cheaper, more plentiful, less tasteful “engineered” food available.

Isn’t Leadership Education the same? We are in an organic process that can sometimes – or oftentimes – be very messy! There is no perfect little school carton to pour our children out of. They are not being pasterized or homongenized. Did you know baby cows die if they drink the milk we feed our families? It’s not “living”. Conveyor Belt Education is pasterized and homogenized and it’s killing our babies!

Organic is scary – or so it’s made to make us feel – what if we “mess them up”? What if we “starve” their education? – And this quesiton really only comes from the fear of leaving a subject out rather than a skill! If we instill in our children a love for learning, the ability to learn for themselves, and the diligence to see any project through, then they will conquer any and EVERY subject they encounter or pursue – for the rest of their lives!

We need to learn to appreciate and LOVE the organic, messy process of learning. Education should be owned not sold. And I was excited to tell these few people, that I haven’t arrived; I’m still learning myself through this sloppy, messy, organic process, called life, or, education, and, parenting.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2011 6:47 pm

    As a lover of organic and an educator myself, I like the metaphor between organic and education!

    • October 18, 2011 2:28 pm

      You’ll like my next post too! 🙂

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